EU referendum: Most self-employed workers will base vote on personal views not what is best for business

 
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Self-employed workers are split between Remain and Leave (Source: Getty)

The majority of self-employed workers will vote in the EU referendum based on their personal beliefs over what may or may not be best for their businesses, according to new research.

Research by Intuit QuickBooks, which provides online accounting software, indicated that 72 per cent will vote on their personal choices, while 20 per cent will vote with their business in mind.

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The polling of 1,001 self-employed workers also found that 41.9 per cent are set to back Remain, with 41.3 per cent ready to cast their votes for Leave.

The research also found that a large majority (82 per cent) would choose to remain self-employed if Britain leaves the EU.

“Self-employed is the fastest growing category of worker with nearly five million individuals across the UK. Their opinions and votes will have a significant impact on the referendum outcome, whether they have made their decision based on personal or business reasons,” said Rich Preece, Europe vice president and managing director, Intuit QuickBooks.

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Meanwhile, the polling indicated that 14 per cent of self-employed workers have fully prepared their business for Brexit.

More general polling has put the two camps neck and neck, indicating Thursday's vote could go down to the wire.

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